Vertical turntable idealised to present music in a way we wouldn’t think twice before taking home

A turntable skimmed the aesthetics and delivered music with additional gadgetry which perhaps record players did as a cohesive unit. However, the transition is more modern and timelier. Now, to fill some sort of void left out by the fast transition from traditional to modern; Blok is an aesthetic that visions turntable, and the notion of music, in a way you and I wouldn’t think twice before taking home.

Many form factors of turntables have been idealized, in the recent past, but have not really gained traction. If you reflect back, there are only a few idealistic designs that stay put; importantly, these are part of our routine because the ease of use and adaptation of embedded technology has been easier as opposed to the fancier ones that have crossed paths.

Designer: Josh Schwefel

Basing the Blok on the choice of the gen-z; designer Josh Schwefel presents turntable boasting mechanical looks with ultra-precise tolerance. That transpires a device with a simple user interface and a clean silhouette. It is not the usual beefy device; instead, a sleek square form factor with similar buttons and an enriching scroller knob for volume deliver a turntable worth your bedside table.

The difference here is not so much about how it looks, but how it functions! The turntable works as a vertical device with the vinyl record going into the middle like a disk in between the gaping lips of a DVD player. Understandably, the built-in spindle identifies the record and begins to play it. A visually pleasing setup – provided in midnight back, arctic white, and bumblebee yellow – has connectivity ports on the back that do not interfere with the façade and render the device apt for your lifestyle. At this point, I am not sure if the Blok loves your smartphone, but Bluetooth connectivity would certainly allow Blok to fill the void; permitting you and me to toggle the music from the comfort of the couch/bed.

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Smartphone accessory design gives you a grip and stand in one

Some use their smartphones simply as devices to make calls or browse through their social media when they have nothing better to do. But some have made their mobile devices as their secondary (or primary) work or leisure device and so they need several different accessories to attach or use with it other than just holding it and swiping through stuff. Smartphone holders and stands are always a necessity so we’re always on the lookout for new designs and concepts connected to this.

Designer: Unichest

The Linkori is a smartphone accessory that is attached to the back of your mobile device and serves as a holder and grip. It is 7mm thin (or thick, depending how you feel about things attaching to your phone) and can extend to a length of 30cm when unfolded. You can extend the accessory to three different “stages”, depending on how you want to use your smartphone for various purposes, whether taking a video call, sending emails, or streaming on Netflix.

The accessory also comes with a smart ring that serves as a grip talk for those who prefer to have a better, well, grip on their smartphone. The cover is made from ABS plastic which gives off “glassy” vibes while inside, the Linkori is made with aluminum 6063 which is strong enough to support the smartphone it is attached to. The internal rail structure has several springs and pins to support it, with a stationary shaft to stabilize when used as a stand.

If you like your smartphone to be light and thin, this accessory may not be for you as it adds a certain bulk to your device even though it’s only 7mm. But if you want to be able to use your mobile device as a mini workstation or to make it more convenient to watch your shows or videos, this may be something you’d like to consider.

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Caleb Johnson Studio clads Pieri Pines lake house in Maine with local cedar

Cedar clad cabin Maine

Caleb Johnson Studio has created a timber-clad family home in Otisfield, Maine that has no primary bedroom in order to “reinforce familial bonds”.

Caleb Johnson Studio — an architecture office based in Portland, Maine — sought to reenvision local cabin vernacular with Pieri Pines.

Timber-clad maine vacation home Thompson Lake
Caleb Johnson Studio designed a cedar-clad cabin in Maine

Commissioned by three brothers, the two-storey house references traditional Maine camps and provides a simple, functional refuge that serves as a familial gathering space.

Locally sourced Eastern white cedar clads the entirety of the exterior. It was stained to resemble the textures of the surrounding trees and stones, according to the studio.

Lakehouse near Thompson Lake
The home was built around a glacial boulder

“A view from the lake presents a house that both recedes while voicing an opinion; the house stands out while blending into the landscape,” the studio said.

The house’s sharp angles stand out when seen up close, but when viewed from the adjacent dock, it blends into the treeline due to the wooden siding and the trees’ reflection in the glazing.

Cedar interior Maine cabin
Cedar was used in the exterior and interior

“This building, first and foremost, is about relating to the land,” the studio said. “The earth is never far away, and your access to it, visually and physically, is always present.”

The home slopes down with the site, connecting the living spaces with the environment at multiple points. The roof slopes away from the lake, leaving plenty of room on the lake-facing facade for large windows.

Cedar interiors in Maine modern cabin
It is meant as a vacation home for three brothers and their family

“This allows all the entry points to have a casual and gentle relationship to the exterior grade,” the studio continued.

The site is occupied by a large glacial boulder, and instead of removing it, the architects opted to work with it. The home’s deck wraps around the boulder, the living space looks out toward it and the second floor cantilevers over it.

Wood stove in Maine modern cabin with modern accents
Metal accents complement the wood

“The boulder is an ever-present contributor to the human experience of this site,” the studio said. “It reminds us that we are the visitors and that this site has been evolving for thousands of years.”

Inside, the living spaces are organised in a split-level configuration.

Reading nook in Maine cabin
Nooks allow for privacy

One enters the home through a central access point that steps down to the main living space and kitchen. From here a set of stairs climbs up to three equal bedrooms – none of which are the “primary” bedroom.

“The communal spaces were prioritized to reinforce familial bonds,” the studio said.

The shared living spaces are partially separated by wooden beams and railing, which give the interiors a stacked effect.

Window-seat nooks, slat railings and step ladders create a sense of separation and allow for privacy within the relatively small home.

Bedroom in Maine cabin
Each bedroom is the same size

The wood used throughout was juxtaposed with metallic details including rustic, red window frames and a black wood-burning stove.

Picture windows with minimal framing allow for uninterrupted views of the scenery beyond.

A lakeside deck serves as an extension of the living areas.

“The deck provides gentle access to a rear lawn before a meandering path leads you to the water,” the studio said.

Split level view in Maine modern cabin
The home has a split-level configuration

Completed in 2022, Pieri Pines is set to receive an architecture award from AIA New England in October.

Other wood-wrapped designs by Caleb Johnson Studio include In the Dunes House, which stands on stilts and opens to the New England coast. Other homes that have tree-house-like qualities include Whitten Architects’ Caterpillar Hill in Penobscot Bay, Maine.

The photography is by Trent Bell. 

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Apollo mission photography restored, pulverizing glass for coastal restoration, bowfin regurgitalite and more

Recycling Glass into Sand and Gravel to Fight Climate Change

Founded in 2020, Glass Half Full is a New Orleans-based startup that recycles glass to make sand and gravel to be used in disaster relief, construction, new products and boosting coastal restoration—an issue particularly pertinent to Louisiana where coastal degradation occurs aggressively. After sourcing discarded glass from their donation service, as well as local restaurants and businesses that they partner with, the company pulverizes the material (sifting out any unwanted components) until it reaches the desired consistency. The process, which was developed in co-founder Fran Trautmann’s backyard, is capable of making sand that is, as she says, “pretty close to the original sand.” Already, they’ve made over 10,000 pounds of recycled glass sand which was used to create a drain and rain garden for the Point-Au-Chien Tribe. Learn more about their impressive work at Reckon.

Image courtesy of Glass Half Full

150-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Vomit Discovered in Utah

In southeast Utah, paleontologists discovered 150-million-year-old fossilized vomit that offers new insight about Jurassic ecosystems. While surveying the Morrison Formation, a famous paleontological site, the team came across an odd pile of amphibian bones (including ones that were only 0.12 inches long) and regurgitalite (the fossilized form of vomit). Scientists suspect that a bowfin fish is likely behind the puke, as they were not only in existence during that time, but also have a tendency to vomit while being pursued by a predator. “There were three animals that we still have around today, interacting in ways also known today among those animals—prey eaten by predators and predators perhaps chased by other predators. That itself shows how similar some ancient ecosystems were to places on Earth today,” says John Foster, curator of the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and one of the co-authors of the study. Learn more about the rare find at KSL.

Image courtesy of Brian Engh/Utah Division of State Parks

Sending Solar Panels to Space to One Day Power Homes on Earth

The world’s largest solar technology company, Longi Green Energy Technology Co, is preparing to send its solar panels to space to test the feasibility of creating off-planet power stations that can fuel homes on Earth. By situating solar panels in space, where they are positioned with an unrestricted view of the sun, the company seeks to resolve a major drawback of solar power: panels can’t generate energy in the dark. The China-based company has already successfully tested their system which consists of converting solar power into microwave beams, transmitting those beams through the air to a receiver station and transforming beams into electricity. This first launch into orbit will critically test the possibilities of directly harnessing the sun’s power. Learn more about this at Bloomberg.

Image courtesy of AFP/Getty Images/AFP

Viking Textiles Reveal Misconceptions About Women’s Power in Medieval Societies

The understood role of North Atlantic Viking women is often domestic, placing them second to men. However, new studies reveal these assumptions were made with present-day bias and that women were integral to the evolution of Medieval societies. At the forefront of this research is Michèle Hayeur Smith, an anthropological archaeologist at Brown University who analyzed textiles from the era to unearth the lives of Viking women. For years, she counted each weave and weft thread, realizing that colorful and diverse Viking cloths started to became similar, indicating that there was a legal, standardized cloth (called vaðmál) that women made and traded to earn a major income. Not only did these women create a product that greatly contributed to Viking economies, they also adapted their weaving techniques due to climate change when temperatures dropped greatly and warmer clothes were life-saving. Examining cast-aside textiles, Hayeur Smith has revealed the power women had in Viking communities while upholding the importance of the craft. Learn more about this at Scientific American.

Image courtesy of Chase Stone

Remastered Photographs From The Apollo Space Missions

NASA’s Apollo mission photographs have been widely circulated for decades, but now remastered versions of the images have been revealed. They appear in a new book called Apollo Remastered, which is filled with photographs from the archive, immaculately restored by Andy Saunders. It’s quite remarkable, when considering the sharpness of the original images, which—Tim Peake, an astronaut who introduces the book, says—is what sparked conspiracy theories in the first place. “Because of the lack of atmospheric haze, the clarity with which you can see in space is incredible. You can see very far and it makes judging distances hard,” he writes. “There’s no haze, no dust. Because of that there’s no scattering of light, so the shadow is crisp and sharp. This is what triggered so many conspiracy theories. People thought: ‘That’s the light you get in a studio.’  And they’re right, but you don’t get that outdoors on Earth. For me, that’s what’s so authentic about these pictures. I think: ‘This is what I relate to. This is space.’” Take a look at the stunning pictures, and read more from the book, at The Guardian.

Image courtesy of NASA/JSC/ASU/Andy Saunders

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Reader Submitted: Useless Object Series

Although we have copious amounts of objects around us, many of us only have a handful of products we genuinely value. This phenomenon raises a meaningful conversation around how we choose to own, value, keep, and pass down certain products.

The Useless Object series is a collection of three artifacts that isolates natural phenomena into tangible interactions. Although inherently useless, its form, material, and interaction explore our complex relationship with the products around us: “Can useless things still be considered valuable? Where do we draw the line between tool and art? Does design always need to be functional, or can it be something else? Can value and desire be intangible? Can it be a feeling?”

01: Gravity (“lift”)
The magnet hammer moves up and down, causing the iron filings in the jar to react. The filings visualize gravity as it rises and falls with the magnet.

02: Water (“squeeze”)
The medical pump is connected to a jar of water with a tube. Squeezing the pump releases bubbles, making the water come to life.

Light (“slide”)
The flashlight is connected to the rail, warping the light as it passes through the glass ball. The changing distance creates dynamic reflections outside the sculpture.

01: Gravity (“lift”)
The orange handle invites the viewers to interact with the object

01: Gravity (“lift”)
The vertical motion structure was deconstructed from a broken 3D printer

01: Gravity (“lift”)
The neodymium magnet activates the iron filings inside the vessel

02: Water (“squeeze”)
As you “squeeze” the air bubbles up to the surface

02: Water (“squeeze”)
The screws were spun with sandpaper to create a “radial” effect.

02: Water (“squeeze”)
Proportions were measured through drawing and sketch models

03: Light (“slide”)
The horizontal motion was resourced from a broken 3D printer

View the full project here

Top 10 futuristic footwear to give you the ultimate fashionably ergonomic design

With our hectic lives which pretty much involve us running around all day, the right footwear can make a world of difference. Shoes started off as functional designs meant to protect our feet, and yes we need to pick ones that do exactly that, BUT, they should also reflect our style statements and represent our personality and our personal fashion sense. After all, don’t they say that you can tell a lot about a man by the state of his shoes? Personally, I love a good pair of sturdy and stylish sneakers, ones that can get me through the day without giving me any shoe bites, and also match my outfits! However, I do know that this isn’t the case with everybody. People have high demands and expectations when it comes to their footwear, hence designers are unleashing all of their creative juices, leaving no stones unturned in making unique, innovative, and ergonomic shoes. From Balenciaga high-heel sneakers to Nike-inspired minimal trendy sneakers– these footwear designs are as futuristic, inventive, and fashionable as they can get!

1. Balenciaga high-heel sneakers

This Balenciaga high-heel footwear concept was designed by OJB Studio keeping potential future technologies in mind. “In this Balenciaga concept, [current] manufacturing boundaries and constraints were excluded, with freedom and imagination leading the way”, Ollie of OJB Studio told Yanko Design. “This process enables a fast and efficient way of experimental aesthetic ideation, providing some rather wild, yet desirable designs.” The brief for the specific concept was to create a Balenciaga high heel for the near future, inspired by elements of a sneaker. It’s purely a visual exercise that aims at determining what the future of fashion in the footwear industry will look like.

2. Averted Vision

Defined by its cushioned design and minimalist profile, Averted Vision is practical and trendy. The cushioned soles take up around half of the shoe’s side profiles, providing ample bounce for playing without gravity. Conceptualized without shoelaces, Averted Vision could benefit from textile technology to form-fit around the wearer’s feet for a snug, comfy fit. The silhouette of the shoe seems to be inspired by designs of today, like Yeezy Foam Runners and Boosts. These days, it sometimes feels like we’re a stone’s throw away from life on Mars, so it’s not surprising that designers tapped into the future are influenced by the trends of today.

3. The Kajola Shoe Collection

The Kajola shoe collection is made to look like decaying footwear as the materials used are natural. Because of the way, it’s designed, it’s really more of a piece of artwork than functional footwear. They want to call it “living artefacts” made from various biomaterials like volcanic dust, clay, and even cacao powder and so as the years pass by, it will naturally curl into itself, just like leaves and other organic materials do when they decay. They are named after an area in Nigeria and a trip to local forests. The idea is to push what other things plants can be used to create.

4. Heinekicks

What are the Heinekicks? Quite simply put, they’re limited edition sneakers FILLED with beer. There are only 32 pairs available in the world, and yes, you heard it right, they actually contain soles filled with the new Heineken Silver. Heineken promises these liquid-filled kicks “will have you Walking on Beer”. The Shoe Surgeon maintained the brand’s iconic red, green, and silver colors in the shoes as well. He power-packed the sneakers with a sleek green lenticular upper with silver and red accents. A removable metal bottle opener has been integrated into the tongue of the shoes. This could come in pretty handy when it’s time to pop open a cold one!

5. adidas x Victorinox EQT 93 sneaker

This is the Adidas x Victorinox EQT 93 sneaker by the German activewear brand for people who have a very active lifestyle. When needed the most, the sneaker has the Swiss brand’s EDC snug in place for any fixing, cutting, or other tasks. The shoe is based on the EQT 93 sneaker and modified for this exclusive offering. According to Veronika Elsener, Chief of Marketing at Victorinox – “We are thrilled with the outcome of the products which bring unique design and exciting details.”

6. Sim-Plis-Tech

The brief was to create a pair of shoes that can be used by the “urban nomad” which is basically people like me. The designer was able to come up with a concept for a Vans-like pair of shoes called Sim-Plis-Tech, taking inspiration from a mixture of space, alien life, corals, and skate parks. We get something that looks like what an astronaut would wear while walking around Mars and also something we city folk can wear around while traipsing in the urban jungle.

7. The Nanoflex Parafit TR and Club MEMT Parafit

Reebok really wants to help the physically challenged community with a gimmick-free collection of lifestyle and performance-oriented sneakers. This new edition of sneakers is designed in partnership with Zappos Adaptive, and includes two sneakers crafted for easy on-and-off wear to facilitate disabled people. Dubbed the Nanoflex Parafit TR and Club MEMT Parafit, these sneakers are low-cut and feature removable sock liners (for orthotics) and high abrasion rubber outsoles for superior grip. While the Nanoflex Parafit TR has a breathable mesh upper, medial zipper, and heel pull tab for easy putting on or taking off – the Club MEMT Parafit has a leather upper and extra 4E width.

8. The Koio x Norm Architect Sneaker


KOIO is known for keeping things more interesting with its partnerships with other brands. Its sneaker brand collaborations tell us not just about Koio’s design philosophy but also about the other brand. The collaboration with Norm Architects resulted in a pair that can be worn for most occasions. The pair is available in two different colors: Cliff and Black Timber. Versions for men and women are ready in various sizes. The sneaker collaboration is a minimalist silhouette of the classic Oxford shoe with a twist. It has also gained a furniture counterpart that looks beautiful, casual yet classy, in oak.

9. The PATRÓN Tequila x John Geiger Limited Edition GF-01 Sneakers

Patrón x John Geiger GF-01 Sneakers

Patrón x John Geiger GF-01 Sneakers Design Details

The PATRÓN Tequila x John Geiger Limited Edition GF-01 Sneakers are made of rare materials with the designer’s creative principles in mind. Geiger was thinking about style, comfort, and versatility—and that’s what the sneakers offer. The shoes are versatile, like the PATRÓN tequila, so you are free to use the pair on the street or on the court. John Geiger’s signature street style and ‘g’ logo have been applied to the pair. The green and white colorway will remind you of the agave fields in Jalisco.

10. The 38%_2101 Running Shoes

Space-X Sneakers for Mars Process

38%_2101 Running Shoes for Mars Materials

Once you’ve set foot on Mars, it may be nice to wear something cool and durable like the 38%_2101 Running Shoes for MARS. The pair is based on the Y-3 running shoes and looks very futuristic. The designer decided to go for the Y-3 because the brand has a futuristic vision. The 38%_2101 Running Shoes for Mars appear to be out of this world, but the pair is also something we can still wear on Earth. The designer’s process included several other inspirations like aerospace equipment and minimal color units and a few items with sharp shapes.

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Nori Architects adds cedar-log columns to renovated Japanese office

Nori Architects adds cedar-log columns to renovated Japanese office

Japanese studio Nori Architects has used whole cedar logs, earth plaster and waste materials to retrofit the 30-year-old concrete framed Good Cycle Building in Nagoya prefecture

Shortlisted in the rebirth project category of Dezeen awards 2022, the renovation was completed for construction company Asanuma Corporation as a flagship office that would demonstrate their commitment to environmentally-friendly retrofits.

Exterior image of the Good Cycle Building
The building was renovated by Nori Architects

“In recent years, the demand for mid-sized, high-end office spaces has increased in Japan, and several real estate companies have launched tier own office development projects,” explained the studio.

“The Good Cycle project responds to this trend by renovating a 30-year-old building, the age many Japanese office buildings fall under.”

Cedar-log columns
Cedar columns decorate the exterior of the building

Retaining the building’s concrete frame, Tokyo-based Nori Architects made a series of cuts in the floor plates to open up the interiors, which have been given new finishes, fittings and furniture all made using natural and waste materials.

On the main facade, a glass curtain wall was stripped away and replaced with a stack of planted balconies, framed by columns made from whole cedar logs to minimise wastage, becoming thinner as they move up the building.

Red interior of office
It was converted into an office for construction company Asanuma Corporation

“While conventional renovations often limit their work to interior and envelope, this project proved seismic resistance, structural durability and energy efficiency,” said the studio.

Passing through a landscaped area with stairs and a ramp, entry is via a double-height entrance hall, with walls lined in reddish-brown earth plaster leading to a skylit wooden staircase.

The four floors of office spaces above all open onto the newly-created verandah spaces, lined with planters and finished with wooden floors.

On the top floor, the roof was opened up to create a skylit conference space with a floor of stepped wooden seating, which opens onto a large external terrace.

Conference space with timber steps
The building uses earth plaster and waste materials throughout the interior

Waste materials were used throughout the project, with the earth plaster made using leftover soil from other Asanuma Corporation sites and crushed stone and wood mixed with plaster to create table tops.

“A building is a transit point in the flow of materials, and has the aspect of a ‘material bank’,” said the studio.

“It is important to use natural materials in a way that can be separated from artificial materials, so as to maximise the possibility of subsequent use, and to eventually return them to the earth.”

Interior image of a dining area at the office building
Nori Architects retained the structure’s original concrete frame

Other projects shortlisted in the rebirth category of Dezeen awards 2022 include the restoration of a lido in Cornwall by London practice Scott Whitby Studio, and the transformation of a metal foundry in New York into a theatre by CO Adaptive Architecture.

The photography is by Jumpei Suzuki.

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Ten homes with walk-in wardrobes that store clothes in interesting ways

Casa Triana

In this lookbook, we pick out 10 home interiors that feature walk-in closets designed to provide bedroom storage that is both practical and appealing.

Walk-in wardrobes create a bespoke storage solution that is hard to achieve with standard furniture.

Often they are considered a luxurious feature used to declutter the bedroom in large houses, but as the 10 examples below demonstrate, they can also be a sleek solution for utilising dead space in smaller homes.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing well-organised bedrooms, interiors with built-in furniture and homes that make a feature of their corridors.

Marine house extension designed by David Barr Architects
Photo is by Jack Lovel

Marine, Australia, by David Barr Architects

This walk-through wardrobe sits in a corridor between a bathroom and the master bedroom of a cottage near Perth.

Birch-plywood storage units and concrete flooring define the wardrobe, a continuation of the materials used throughout the light and airy extension designed by David Barr architects.

Find out more about Marine ›

Walk-in wardrobe
Photo is by Roehner + Ryan

O-asis, USA, by The Ranch Mine

Warm-toned wood shelving and cabinetry was combined with terrazzo flooring in this enormous walk-in closet that sets out clothes like a boutique fashion store.

It flows right off from the bathroom of a large house in Arizona designed for a musician by architecture studio The Ranch Mine.

Find out more about O-asis ›

Bedroom of Botaniczna Apartment by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio
Photo is by Pion Studio

Botaniczna Apartment, Poland, by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio

A linen-curtain screen tidily obscures the walk-in wardrobe in this Poznań apartment designed by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio.

The elegant and delicate aesthetic of the curtains contributes to the calming atmosphere the studio sought to create, as well as helping to offset the adjacent burl-wood vanity desk that acts as the bedroom’s feature element.

Find out more about Botaniczna Apartment ›

Apartment by Studio Noju
Photo is by Studio Noju

Casa Triana, Spain, by Studio Noju

Studio Noju used a floor-to-ceiling curtain to create a walk-in wardrobe in the main bedroom of this renovated apartment in Seville.

The studio used a bright yellow paint for the wardrobe that contrasts with the monochrome curtain and surrounding walls, adding to the sense of theatre and surprise when the drape is drawn back.

Find out more about Casa Triana ›

Apartment in Estrela by Aurora Arquitectos
Photo by Do Mal o Menos

Apartment in Estrela, Portugal, by Aurora Arquitectos

A small, triangular room in this old Lisbon apartment was converted into a walk-in closet as part of a revamp by Aurora Arquitectos.

White curtains cover a storage unit that runs along the longest wall of the wardrobe, which is provided with natural light by glazing above an arched doorway.

Find out more about Apartment in Estrela ›

House H in Taiwan designed by KC Design Studio
Photo is by Hey! Cheese

House H, Taiwan, by KC Design Studio

This basement apartment in Taipei was given a moody colour palette and raw textures in an overhaul by KC Design Studio.

That theme was continued in the walk-in wardrobe off the master bedroom, which acts as a dressing area between an en-suite bathroom and a private lounge.

Find out more about House H ›

Hubert by Septembre Architecture
Photo is by David Foessel

Hubert, France, by Septembre

Embedded within a modestly sized Paris apartment renovated by architecture studio Septembre, this walk-in closet is an example of clever utilisation of space.

A wall behind the bed forms a partial division, allowing for generous clothing storage while retaining the room’s overall proportions.

Find out more about Hubert ›

The Magic Box Apartment Raúl Sánchez Architects
Photo is by José Hevia

The Magic Box Apartment, Spain, by Raúl Sánchez Architects

This apartment near Barcelona, designed by Raúl Sánchez Architects, takes the concept of a walk-in wardrobe to a new level.

Aptly called The Magic Box Apartment, it features a shiny brass wardrobe that divides two bedrooms instead of a traditional partition wall, which can be passed through like a secret passageway.

Find out more about The Magic Box Apartment ›

RL House Renovation by Diego López Fuster Arquitectura
Photo is by Pablo Pacheco

RL House Renovation, Spain, by Diego López Fuster Arquitectura

Diego López Fuster Arquitectura opted to give the bedroom of this Alicante a generous walk-in wardrobe that acts as a full dressing area.

Rather than being hidden or tucked away, its wide proportions help to make the relatively long and narrow bedroom feel more spacious.

Find out more about RL House Renovation ›

Casp21 by Bonba Studio
Photo is by José Hevia

Casp21, Spain, by Bonba Studio

Green-panelled wood boxing encloses a sizeable walk-in wardrobe in the corner of this bedroom in a converted office building in Barcelona.

Through this intervention, Bonba Studio maximised the feeling of brightness and spaciousness in the room, as well as ensuring that the full impact of the traditional vaulted ceiling was maintained.

Find out more about Casp21 ›

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing well-organised bedrooms, interiors with built-in furniture and homes that make a feature of their corridors.

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This week we revealed a house hidden underground in Japan

Underground house and restaurant designed by architect Junya Ishigami

This week on Dezeen, we showcased a house and restaurant designed by architect Junya Ishigami, which is hidden below ground level in Japan.

The house, which was built by pouring concrete into holes in the ground, contains a home and restaurant for Japanese chef Motonori Hirata, who is an old friend of the architect.

Birds'-eye view of a solar park
The Dezeen guide to solar power explains the qualities of different types of photovoltaics

Continuing our Solar Revolution series, we published the Dezeen guide to solar power, which explained the differences between various types of photovoltaics.

In an interview as part of the series, Dutch scientist and professor Wim C Sinke said that solar technology is currently being held back by manufacturing limitations due to the levels of embodied carbon involved in production.

The Valley skyscraper by MVRDV officially opened this week
The Valley skyscraper by MVRDV officially opened this week

Two groups of skyscrapers were unveiled by leading studios this week.

In Amsterdam, Dutch studio MVRDV officially opened the mountain-like angular skyscraper named Valley, while in Paris, Ateliers Jean Nouvel completed a pair of inclined towers.

World Cup 2022 final stadium in Qatar by Foster + Partners
Lusail Stadium will host this year’s World Cup final

Ahead of this year’s FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar, UK studio Foster + Partners has revealed images of its golden Lusail Stadium, which will host the tournament’s final.

Designed to be a landmark structure for the World Cup, the stadium’s form was informed by Islamic bowls and was described by the studio as a “golden vessel”.

Thomas Heatherwick
Thomas Heatherwick criticised boring buildings at Singapore Design Week

Speaking at Singapore Design Week, British designer Thomas Heatherwick said that we are “living through an epidemic of boringness”.

“I want to talk about streets with the new buildings on and the problem that we all know exists in our towns and cities around the world – that we’re increasingly surrounded by characterless buildings,” he said.

Toronto Downsview plan
Downsview Airfield is set to become a residential district

In Toronto, Danish studio Henning Larsen Architects, local studio KPMB and landscape architecture studio SLA revealed plans to convert a former airstrip into a residential district.

Under the plans, Downsview Airfield would become home to around 80,000, with housing arranged around the two-kilometre-long runway, which would become a “pedestrian corridor”.

Person approaching Chestnut House in Portugal by João Mendes Ribeiro
João Mendes Ribeiro designed Chestnut House in Portugal

Popular projects this week include an “elegant shelter” built around a chestnut tree, a 1920s skyscraper turned into a hotel in New York and an office with a timber exoskeleton.

This week’s lookbooks showcased brutalist interiors with a surprisingly welcoming feel and sunny interiors that make use of the Colour of the Year 2023.

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This concentric school library in Thailand was constructed using bamboo and adobe bricks

The Panyaden International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand had a beautiful bamboo sports hall added to its structure back in 2017. The Chiangmai Life Architects were responsible for this sustainable and thoughtful addition, and they’re back at it again! This time, they’ve designed an impressive new library for the school. The Panyaden Secondary School Library features a low-lying and organic design that is marked by concentric circles.

Designer: Chiangmai Life Architects

The complex and intriguing concentric design of the library is further accentuated by the fact that it is constructed from bamboo. Although, unlike the sports hall, bamboo isn’t the primary material used for construction – the walls are built from adobe bricks (made from sand and clay). The bamboo, on the other hand, was used to construct the two-tiered roof. The roof has been topped with thatching and features an oculus skylight. Beautiful bamboo archways provide support to the impressive roof.

“The Secondary School Library at Panyaden International School was designed to create an inspiring, peaceful and comfortable atmosphere for teenage students to read and study,” said Chiangmai Life Architects.

The place is marked by an interesting combination of traditional study spaces with desks and chairs, as well as more relaxed spaces that can be used as lounges and are scattered with bean bags and pillows. The combination of both kinds of spaces creates an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, and comforting to the students. They can easily take a short break from their studies, as and when required, without actually having to leave the library for some reprieve. The sunken pod in the center of the library has been equipped with raised amphitheater seating, as well as a view of the skylight. The pod can be utilized for group discussions and readings. The pod is surrounded by built-in working tables, and then a bamboo archway that holds the main bookshelf section.

Besides the sunken pod and the study area, the library also houses a pair of noise-insulated study rooms that are perfect for group sessions, as well as a small office for the librarian. The library has also been equipped with a state-of-the-art central cooling system and a filtered air mechanism, which ensures the space always maintains a comfortable temperature and is well-ventilated.

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